« ForrigeFortsett »
By an impartial indemnification
lo a most edifying conversation, Which turu'd upon their late guests' miens and faces,
And families, even to the last relation;
Forth into universal ephrain :
Like Addison's « faiut praisen so wont lo damn,
As music chimes in with a melo-drame.
Skirmish of wits o'er the departed: one,
And Juan too, iu gencral behind yoge lo gay remark on what he d heard or seen,
Sale silent now, his usual spirits gone : In vaio he heard the others rail or rally, He would not join them in a single sally.
CVI. 'T is true he saw Aurora look as though
She approved his silence; she perhaps mistook Its motive for that charity we owe
But seldom pay the absent, nor would look
But Juan, silting silent in bis nook,
In making him as silent as a ghost,
He gain'd esteem where it was worth the most. And certainly Aurora had renewd
lo him some feelings he had lately lost
The unbounded hope, and beavenly ignorance
The moments when we gather from a glacce
Which kindle manhood, but can ne'er entrance
That hath a memory, or that had a heart?
Ray fades on ray, as years on years depart. Anacreon only had the soul to tie on
Unwithering myrtle round the unblunted dart Of Eros; but, though thou hast play'd us many tricks, Still we respect thee, « Alma Venus Genitrix!»
СХ. and full of sentiments, sublime as billows
lleaving between this world and worlds beyond, Don Juan, when the midnight hour of pillows
Arrived, retired to his; but to despond
Waved o'er his couch; he ineditiited, fond
Saving his night-gown, winch is an undress :
In short, he hardly could be clothed with less; But, apprebeusive of luis spectral guest,
He sale, with feelings awkward to express
I see-I see-Ah, no! 't is not-yer'ı is-
The devil may take that stealthy pace of his!
Or tiptoe of an amatory miss,
It is thic sable friar as before,
Or (as rhymes may be in these days) much more.
When deep sleep fell on men, aod the world wore
Which sets the teeth on edge; and a slight clatter,
Sounding like very superqatural water,
For immaterialism's a serious matier:
Surprise has this effect-to make one dumb,
As wide as if a long speech were to come. Nigh and more nigh the awful echoes drew,
Tremendous to a mortal tympanum :
Like that of hell. « Lasciate ogni speranza,
Dreadful as Dante's rima, or this stanza;
A single shade's sufficient to entrance a
The sea-gulls, with a steady, sober flight-
Half letting in long shadows on the light,
For he had two, both tolerably bright, –
The night before; but, being sick of shaking,
And then to be ashamed of such mistaking;
Within him, and to quell his corporal quaking-
And he arose, advanced-The shade retreated; But Juan, cager now the truth to pierce,
Follow'd ; his veins no longer cold, but heated,
At whatsoever risk of being defeated :
It touch'd no soul, nor body, but the wall,
Chequerid with all the tracery of the hall :
When he can't tell what 't is that doth appal.
The ghost had a remarkably sweet breath.
A red lip, with two rows of pearl beneath, Gleam'd forth, as through the casement's ivy shroud The moon peep'd, just escaped from a grey cloud.
His other arm forth-Wonder upon wonder!
Which beat as if there was a warm beart under. He found, as people on most trials must,
That he had made at first a silly blunder,
As ever lurk i beneath a holy hood :
Forth into something much like tlesh and blood; Back fell the sable frock and dreary cowl,
And they reveald (alas! that e'er they should !)
Note 3. Stanza xlii.
Where the sublime soars forth on wings more am, le.
Note 4. Stanza xliv.
They only add them all in an appendix. Fact. There is, or was, such an edition, with all the obvoxious epigrams of Martial placed by themselves di the end.
Note 5. Stanza lxxxviii.
Note 6. Stanza cxlviii.
W bo took Algiers, declares I used him vilely? Donna Julia bere made a mistake. Count OReilly ! did not take Algiers—but Algiers very nearly took him; be and bis army and fleet retreated with great loss, and not much credit, from before that city, in the year 1;
Note 7. Stanza ccxvi.
. Me nec farmina, nee puer
Nec certare juvat mero,
Note 1. Stanza xlv.
For none likes more to hear himself converse.
Rispose allor Margutte: a dirtel tosto,
Io non credo più al nero, ch' a l'aunrro;
E credo che sia salvo chi gli crede.
Note 2. Stanza lxxi.
Tbat e'er by precious metal was bold io. This dress is Moorish, and the bracelets and bar are worn in the manger described. The reader will pop. ceive hereafter, that, as the mother of Haidee was et Fez, her daughter wore the garb of the country.
Note 3. Stanza lxxii.
company for some foreign theatre; embarked them at A like gold bar, above her instep rollid,
an lialian port, and, carrying them to Algiers, sold The bar of gold above the instep is a mark of sove- them all. One of the women, returned from her capreign rank in the women of the families of the Deys, tivity, I heard sing, by a strange coincidence, in Rossini's and is worn as such by their female relatives.
opera of «L'Italiana in Algieri,» at Venice, in the beNote 4. Stanza lxxiii.
ginning of 1817. Her person if allow'd at largo to run.
Note 4. Stanza lxxxvi. This is no exaggeration ; there were four women From all the Pope makes yearly 't would perplex whom I remember to have seen, who possessed their
To find ibrer perfect pipes of the third sex. lair in this profusion; of these, three were Engiish, the
It is strange that it should be the pope and the sultan other was a Levantine. Their hair was of that length who are the chief encouragers of this branch of tradeand quantity that, when let down, it almost entirely
women being prohibited as singers at St Peter's, and not shaded the person, so as nearly to render dress a su
deemed trust-worthy as guardians of the haram. perfluity. Of these, only one had dark hair; the Ori
Note 5. Stanza ciii. ental's had, perhaps, the lightest colour of the four,
While weeds and ordere ronkle round the base.
The pillar which records the balile of Ravenna is
about two miles from the city, on the opposite side of Oh Hesperus! thou bringest all good things.
the river to the road towards Forli. Gaston de Foix, Εσπερε, παντα φερεις;
who gained the battle, was killed in it; there fell on Φερεις οίνον, φερεις αιγα,
both sides twenty thousand men. The present state of Φερέις ματερι παιδα.
the pillar and its site is described in the text.
Note 6. Stanza cviii.
A' naviganti, e'nteperisce il cuore;
Note 1. Stanza ili,
The ocean stream.
Tuis expression of Homer has been much criticised.
It hardly answers to our Atlantic ideas of the occan, This last line is the first of Gray's Elegy, taken by him but is sufficiently applicable to the Hellespont, and the without acknowledgment.
Bosphorus, with the gean intersected with islands.
Note 2. Stanza v.
The Giant's Grave.,
« The Giant's Grave» is a height on the Adriatic shore of the Bosphorus, much frequented by holiday parties;
like Harrow and Highgate. CANTO IV.
Note 3. Stanza xxxiii.
And running out as fast as I was able.
The assassination alluded to took place on the eighth Note 1. Stanza xii.
of December, 1820, in the streets of R--, not a - Whom the gods love dio young.. wis said of yore.
hundred from the residence of the writer. paces
The See Ilerodolus.
circumstances were as described.
Note 4. Stanza xxxiv.
Killd by five bullets from an old gun-barrel.
There was found close by him an old gun-barrel, sawn conflicting and different passions. The Doge Francis Foscari, on bis deposition, in 1957, hearing the bell
half off: it had just been discharged, and was still warm. of St Mark announce the election of his successor,
Note 5. Stanza liii. « mourut subitement d'une bémorrhagie causée par une
Prepared for supper with a glass of rum, veine qui s'éclata dans sa poitrine,» (see Sismondi and In Turkey nothing is more common than for the Daru, vols. i and ii), at the age of eighty years, when Mussulmans to take several glasses of strong spirits by « who would have thought the old man had so much way of appetizer. I have seen them take as many as blood in him ? » Before I was sixteen years of age, I six of raki before dinner, and swear that they dined the was witness to a melancholy instance of the same effect better for il; I tried the experiment, but was like the of mixed passions upon a young person; wlio, however, Scotchman, who baving licard that the birds called kitdid not die in consequence, at that time, but fell a victim Liewiaks were admirable whets, ale six of them, and some years afterwards to a seizure of the same kind, complained that he was no hungrier than when he arising from causes intimately connected with agitation began.» of mind.
Note 6. Stanza ly.
Splendid but silent, save in one, wbere, dropping.
A marble fountain echoes.
Ali Pacha, in a room containing a marble basin and brother of that dangerous charge « borrowing:» a poet fountain, ele., etc., etc.
had better borrow any thing (excepting money) than
the thoughts of another--they are always sure to be reNote 7. Stanza lxxxvi.
claimed; but it is very hard, having been the lender, to The gate so splendid was in all its features.
be denounced as the debtor, as is the case of Ansley Features of a gate-1 ministerial metaphor ; « the versus Smollett. feature upon which this question hinges.»-See the Ås there is a honour amongst thieves,» let there be « Fudge Family,» or bear Castercagh.
some amongst poets, and give cach liis due,- Donc cao Note 8. Stanza cvi.
afford to give it more than Mr Campbell himself, who,
with a higla reputation for originality, and a fame wbich Though on more thoroughbred or fairer fingers,
cannot be shaken, is the only poet of the times except 1 There is perlmps nothing more distinctive of birth Rogers) who can be reproached (and in him it is indeed than the hund: it is alinost the only sign of blood which a reproach) with having written too little. aristocracy can generale.
9. Stanza cxlvii. Sare Solyman, the glory of their line.
CANTO VI. It
may not be unworthy of remark, that Bacon, in bis essay on Empire,» lines that Solyman was the last
Stanza lxxv. of his live; on wliat authority, I know not.
4. wood ob cure, like that where Dante found, his worils: « The destruction of Mustapha was so fatal
Nel mezzo del Cammin' di postra vita to Solymnasi's line, as the succession of the Turks from
Mi ritrovai per una Selva Oscura, etc, etc, etc. Solyman, until this day, is suspected to be untrue, and of strange blood; for thirt Solymus the Second was thought to be supposititious.» But Bacon, in bis Liistorical authorities, is often inaccurate. I could give lialf
CANTO VII. a dozen instances from his apophthegms only.
Being in the humour of criticisin, I shall proceed, after having ventured upon the slips of Bacon, to touch
Stanza li. on one or two as trilling in the clition of the Britisha
Was teaching his recruits to use the bayonet. Poets, by Ure justly-celebrated Campbell. — But I do this
Fact: Souvaroff did this in person. in good will, and trust it will be so taken.-If anything coull add to my opinion of the weats and true feeling of that gentleman, it would be bis classical, honest, and triumphant defence of l'ope, against the vulgar cant of
CANTO VIII. the day, and its existing Grub-street. The inadvertencies to which I allude are,
Note 1. Stanza viji. Firstly, in speaking of Anstey, whom he accuses of having taken «liis leading characters from Smollett,»
All sounds it pier«eth, * Allah! Allah! Nu! . Anstey's Bath Guide was published in 1560. Smoileii's « Dalı! llui» is properly the war-cry of the MussulHumpliry Clinker (the only work of Smollet's from mans, iod thry (svell looy on the last syllable, which which Tabithia, etc., etc. could have been taken) was gives it a very wild and peculiar effect. written during Smollett's last residence at Leghoru, in
Note 2. Stanza ix. 1770.-- « Argal,» if there has been any borrowing,!
• Carnage (so Wordsworib tells you) is God's daughter. » Anstey must be the creditor, and not the debtor. 1
But thy most drradd instrument rcfer Mr Campbell to his own data in his lives of Smol
In working out a pure intent, lett and Anstey.
Is man array d for mutual slaughter; Secondly, Mr Campbell says, in the life of Couper
Yia, (urmugeerthy dughter! (note to page 338, vol. 7), want « lie knows not to whom
WOALSWONIN . Thanksgiving Ode. Cowper alludes in these lines :
To wil, the Deity's. This is perhaps as pretty a peu Nor he who, for the bane of thousands born,
for murder as ever was found out by Garier hingBuilt Goud a church, and longud bio word to scorn.
al-arms.--- What would have becu said had any free The Calvinist meant Voltaire, and the church of Fer- spoken people discovered sucli a lineage? i ney, with its inscriprion, « Deo crexit Voltaire.»
Note 3. Stanza xviii. Thirdly, in the life of Burns, Mr C. quotes Shak
Was printed Grove, although his name was Grose. speare thus,
A fact; see the Waterloo Gazelles. I recollect remarlTo gild refined gold, to paint the rose,
ing at the time to a friend :---- There is fame! a manis Or wil fresi perlume to the violet,
killed, lis name is Grose, and they print it Grove.. I This version by no means improves the original, which
was at college with the deceased, who was a very amia: le is as follows:
and clever inan, and his society in great request for barn Torild refined gold, to paint the lily,
wil, gaiety, and a chansons à boire.»
Note á. Stanzı xxiii.
As any other notion, and not national. howd also be accmate wien he accuses a Parnassian Ser Major Vallepey and Sir Lawrence Parsons.
Note 5. Stanza xxv.
Note 6. Stanza Ixiii. 'T is pity that such meanings should pave bell..
Your « fortunes was in a fair way to swell The Portuguese proverb says, that « Hell is paved with
A man, as Giles says. good intentions.»
« His fortune swells him, it is rank, he's married.»-
Sir Giles Overreach ; MASSINGER.-See A New Way to
Pay Old Debts.
Note 1. Stanza xiii.
Would scarcely join again the « reformadoes. »
« Reformers,» or rather « Reformed.» The Baron The Russian military order.
Bradwardine, in Waverley, is authority for the word.
Note 2. Stanza xv.
The endless soot bestows a tint far deeper
Tha can be hid by altering his sbirt.
Query, Suit?--Printer's Devil.
Note 3. Stanza xviii.
Balgounie's Brig's black wall. The brig of Don, near the « auld foun» of Aberdeen, with its one arch and its black deep salmon stream below,
is in my memory as yesterday. I still remember, though CANTO IX.
perhaps I may misquote, the awful proverb which made me pause to cross it, and yet lean over it with a childish delight, being an only son, at least by the mother's side.
The saying, as recollected by me, was this-but I have Note 1. Stanza i.
never heard or seen it since I was nine years of age; Humanity would rise, and thunder « Nay!.
Brig of Balyounie, black's your wa”; Query, Ney?—Printer's Devil.
Wi'a wife's ae son and a mear's ac foal,
Doun ye sball fa'!
Note 4. Stanza xxxiv.
Oh, for a forty-parson power to chaust « I at this time got a post, being for fatigue, with four
Thy praise, Hypocrisy! others. We were sent to break biscuit, and make a
A metaphor taken from the a forty-horse powers of mess for Lord Wellington's hounds. I was very hungry, a steam-engine. That mad wag, the Reverend S. S., sitand thought it a good job at the time, as we got our own ting by a brother-clergyman at dioner, observed afterall while we broke the biscuit,-a thing I had not got wards that his dull neighbour had a «twelve-parson for some days. When thus engaged, the Prodigul Son
power» of conversation. was never once out of my mind; and I sighed, as I fed The dogs, over my humble situation and my ruined
Note 5. Stanza xxxvi. hopes.»— Journal of a Soldier of the 71st Regt. during
To strip the Saxons of their hydes, like tanners. the war in Spain.
«Ulyde,»---I believe a hyde of land to be a legitimate Note 3. Stanza xxxiii.
word, and as such subject to the tax of a quibble. Because he could no more digest his dinner.
Note 6. Stanza xlix. He was killed in a conspiracy, after his temper had
Was given to her favourite, and now bore his. been exasperated, by his extreme costivity, to a degree The Empress went to the Crimea, accompanied by of insanity.
the Emperor Joseph, in the year-I forget which. Note 4. Stanza xlvii.
7. Stanza lviii. And had just buried tbe fair-faced Lanskoi.
Which gave her dakes the graceless name of Biron., He was the « grande passion» of the grande Cathe- la the empress Anoe's time, Birou her favourite asride.-See her Lives, under the head of « Lavskoj.» sumed the name and arms of the « Byrons» of France,
which families are yet extant with that of England. Note 5, Stanza xlix.
There are still the daughters of Courland of that name; Bid Ireland's Londonderry's Marquess show
one of them I remeinber seeing in England in the blessed His parts of speech.
year of the Allies-the Duchess of S.-10 wliom the This was written long before the suicide of that English Duchess of S--- presented me as a nameperson,